Offline play comes to SimCity in new single-player mode, available for all owners
Revealing a new video, Electronic Arts announced today that a free patch for SimCity is now live making the game playable without a persistent online connection. Originally designed from the ground-up as an always-connected experience, Maxis reengineered the game in order to move the calculations locally to the player's PC or Mac. Gains in optimization to the GlassBox Engine allow players to have a similar gameplay experience, whether they choose to play Online or Offline.
Players will automatically receive the Update the next time they log-in to SimCity. From there they will have the option to play either way; the new Single-Player Mode, which enables Offline Play, or continue to play in the Multiplayer Mode. The Single-Player Mode retains the same expansive feel of the core SimCity gameplay while adding more control over when and how their progress is saved.
Multiplayer Mode will continue to deliver the SimCity experience that includes SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, dynamic pricing of resources in the Global Market and Cloud Saves.